Oliver Dunnett


  • Room 02.031 - Geography Building

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am interested in supervising PhD projects on a range of topics in cultural, historical and political geography, particularly in the following areas: - Geographies of outer space - Literary geographies and geographies of popular culture - Landscape and identity in Britain and Ireland - Historical geographies of science and technology

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Research Interests

As a cultural, historical and political geographer, my research interests focus on the ways in which cultures of outer space, science and technology are connected to questions of place, landscape and identity in a variety of local, regional and national contexts. I have explored these ideas through research on the British Interplanetary Society, as part of a wider research project that explores cultures of outer space in Britain from the late nineteenth century to the present day. I have further developed these themes in 'geographies of outer space' to examine topics including the moral geographies of light pollution in Britain, the ethics of space exploration in the writings of C S Lewis and the geopolitics of outer space in the works of Arthur C Clarke. I have concurrent research interests in literary geographies, critical geopolitics and the geographies of popular culture, particularly the medium of comics and the genre of science fiction.


BA(hons) Geography, University of Nottingham, 2004
MA Landscape and Culture, University of Nottingham, 2005
PhD Geography, University of Nottingham, 2011
PGCert Higher Education, St. Mary’s University College, 2013


GGY1011 Human Geographies of the Modern World
GGY2054 Cultural and Political Geography
GGY2057 International Fieldwork
GGY3075 Geographies of Outer Space


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outer space Social Sciences
geopolitics Social Sciences
geography Social Sciences
light pollution Earth & Environmental Sciences
twentieth century Earth & Environmental Sciences
imperialism Earth & Environmental Sciences
Sri Lanka Social Sciences
space technology Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2009 2019

  • 6 Article
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review
3 Citations (Scopus)
461 Downloads (Pure)

Geographies of Outer Space: Progress and New Opportunities

Dunnett, O., Maclaren, A. S., Klinger, J., Lane, K. M. D. & Sage, D., 01 Apr 2019, In : Progress in Human Geography. 43, 2, p. 314-336 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
outer space
human geography
social science
1 Citation (Scopus)

Imperialism, Technology and Tropicality in Arthur C Clarke's Geopolitics of Outer Space

Dunnett, O., 31 Jan 2019, In : Geopolitics. 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

outer space
Sri Lanka
space technology
4 Citations (Scopus)
182 Downloads (Pure)

Geopolitical Cultures of Outer Space: The British Interplanetary Society, 1933-1965

Dunnett, O., 2017, In : Geopolitics. 22, 2, p. 452 - 473 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
outer space
post-war period
8 Citations (Scopus)
494 Downloads (Pure)

Contested landscapes: the moral geographies of light pollution in Britain

Dunnett, O., Oct 2015, In : Cultural Geographies. 22, 4, p. 619-636 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
light pollution
cultural geography

Framing Landscape: Dan Dare, the Eagle and Post-War Culture in Britain

Dunnett, O., Mar 2014, Comic Book Geographies. Dittmer, J. (ed.). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, HMRG Bd.64, p. 27-40 14 p. (Media Geography; vol. 4).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Oliver Dunnett (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 2008 2019

Landscape, Culture and Cosmos: Speculative Literary Spaces of HG Wells and Olaf Stapledon

Oliver Dunnett (Presenter)
29 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Interstellar Geographies: Project Daedalus and the Outer Space Environment

Oliver Dunnett (Presenter)
30 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Masculinity and Tropical Space Science in the life and works of Arthur C Clarke

Oliver Dunnett (Presenter)
May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Royal Geographical Society - Northern Ireland Branch (External organisation)

Oliver Dunnett (Member)
01 Sep 2017 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of national or international committees and working groups

CCEA Professional Development Workshop

Oliver Dunnett (Speaker)
25 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Press / Media

90th Anniversary of Tintin

Oliver Dunnett


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment